Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 914
Gots: 172 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008

Cherry Adam from the Wood is aged with locally grown black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.

First release - November 2008
Second release - November 2009
Third release - March 2011
Fourth release - November 2012
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Ratings: 760 | Reviews: 264
Photo of Crosling
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Major gusher. Quickly diminishing thin foam, brown body. Poor appearance. Nose has some character to it, with a touch of smoke, black cherries and sherry notes. Very thin mouth feel. Notes of black cherry, smoke, and sweet ripe dark fruit. A solid ale, but was expecting a bit more here.

Photo of seaoflament
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias Kyle for the opportunity to try this beer. I love regular Adam and have been drooling ever since I heard about this beer.

A tiny hiss after I crack the cap, a slow stream of small bubbles race to the neck. After hearing that this beer is not very carbonated, at least yet, I did a slightly aggressive pour into a pint glass. I managed to get about a quarter inch of fizzy foam that quickly settled to a thin crescent moon. The beer itself is dark with some caramel highlights on the side when held to the light.

The cherry and wood notes mixed very well with the Adam beer base. There is some semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, rum soaked raisins, dark cherries, wood, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, and a whiff of alcohol in the background. There is a nice mixture of sugar cookie, molasses, brown sugar, and black cherry, it's like a dessert. The malt combination is very complex, deep dark fruits, and a combination of sweetness (brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruit jam). I'm surprised at the variety of fruits and how fruity it smells. After a few minutes in the glass it begins to smell like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Wow, it seems like there is much more cherry in the flavor than in the aroma. The first sip is just a bit overwhelming as I'm trying to capture all the flavors. There is some chocolate and smoke upfront with dark fruits in the middle and oak, alcohol, and brown sugar in the end. More chocolate on the second sip but also some caramel and molasses, very sweet finish. Long finish of oak, toast, caramel, and cherry. There is a little bit of cherry tartness upfront and it is accompanied by the alcohol pretty closely. A little nutty in the aftertaste. Subtle notes of cocoa and coffee in the finish. After a few sips I begin to taste some apple or rose petals in the back.

Low carbonation and a bit viscous too. It feels a little velvety on the tongue initially. Yep, the following sips feel a little flat. Two things that would help this beer out and make it easier to drink are: a little more carbonation and a drier finish.

A good beer that I hope gets better with some more time in the bottle...right now I would take regular Adam over this one though.

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in a couple trades.

Poured a dark black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized red tinted, off whtie head. Aromas of dark-black cherries, wood, sherry, and light bourbon. I would say the woodiness dominates the aromas with the black cherries coming in a close second. Tastes of black cherries, sherry, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Sweet if a very light tart finish. More sweet and the tartness dissapeared as soon as I detected it. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Photo of JDV
3.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours basically black with no lasting head whatsoever. Just some beige bubbles kicked up from the pour, but not a real head. Smell is smooth and rich bourbon and oak, mainly and is quite nice. Taste is a touch tart and perhaps fruity, but not cherries per se, and of course some bourbon and definite wood character. Tart fruity malt flavor but only a very faint actual cherry flavor, even when looking for it. Some very light alcohol in the flavor and its a touch warming. Beer is flat after 5 minutes in the glass which kills the beer for me, and once again another overpriced and over hyped HOTD beer with a huge bottling flaw... At about 15 dollars for a 12 ounce bottle plus shipping this is ridiculous. This is not something I would buy again if it were 3 bucks.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on line via bottletrek. Shared with pghlee, with 2 other clowns stealing sips from his glass. Very unique pour into a tuilp stem. Cherry cola with purple hues with no head whatsoever. Very vinous when held near the lamp, with a nice purple ring on top of the otherwise brown body. Aromas of oak, maple syrup and prunes. Not much carbonation detected on the first sip...pretty flat with lots of oak flavor. Then, she begins to open up nicely. Oak seems to dominate the glass, but not overly. Tangy cherry, big chocolate malty body. The cherry flavor is very nice and a nice surprise. Not the sweet, tart cherry you find in a lot of beers. Somewhat boozy, a little thin though. Touch of bourbon (or sherry?) toward the back of my palate.
Maybe this one needs to lie down for a few months, so that the yeast can work a little longer? Very unique and smooth for all that is going on here.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Market of Choice in Eugene.

Pours a deep mahogany, with very little head & very low carbonation. Has a huge aroma, the cherry is obvious, along with a nice bourbon oak notes. Taste has some nice oak, chocolate, tobacco, and yes, black cherry. Mouthfeel is fairly light for such a strong beer, nice! It's preety tasty, drinkability is good, except for the cost... A nice treat!

Photo of miketd
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Bottle Trek. Pours murky brown/mahogany. Very small off white ring in the glass. Aroma is wood, booze, tart fruit and maybe a hint of cherries. Flavor is very full...sherry like. Too much booze in the flavor with some tartness and tobacco. I like the regular better.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to vwcraig for giving me the hook-up on HOTD beers or I wouldn't have been able to try this. This gushed despite being properly chilled which is always a disappointment with expensive beers but I didn't lose much. It looks nice, dark black-brown, no head, red edges. It smells like wood, barrels, liquor, alcohol, very interesting. The flavor has a leather quality that I get from regular Adam, the slightest touch of tartness but I couldn't pinpoint it as a cherry flavor. This was pretty good but I'm not sure I'd pick this up again given the price and the fact that I just prefer Fred and Doggie Claws over Adam as a rule. I do have one bottle left to cellar so we'll see how that goes.

Photo of John_M
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mama mia!

Many thanks to Adam (Ccrida) for saving some of this for me following the HOTD dock sale.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with red hilights. While the lacing is pretty good, head rentention is fair at best. I was initially concerned with the beer's carbonation, but I just think the limited head retention is attributable to extended barrel aging.

On the nose... good lord this is one fine smelling beer. So much going on. There is a huge aroma of chocolate, vanilla and cherry, but with some significant underlying sherry and wood as well. This beer smells like an aged ale fruit cake with a melange of dark fruits, dates, plums and prunes. Incredible! The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the beer is rich, moderately sweet, with a long, complex finish. There is really no more then a hint of the cherry flavor in this beer (despite the name), with some more chocolate and sherry. Many ales with a fruit component are often dominated by the beer's "fruitiness," but not the Cherry Adam. The beer is mouthfilling on the palate, with a persistent, rich, long flavor profile. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly rich and viscuous and is almost chewy. Very fine. As for the beer's drinkability, of course with all this rich flavor and an abv. of 10%, this is not the beer's strong suit. No one will ever describe this beer as light and refreshing. However, this is obviously a sipper and it's unimaginable to me that anyone would drink more then a single bottle at a sitting. Personally, I expect to take fully a half hour enjoying this masterpiece from HOTD.

Just outstanding.

Note: My impression is that it's best not to overchill this beer; I would serve it a bit cooler then cellar temperature at most. Also, it's anyone's guess how well this beer will age, but I would love to have a case to see. My guess is that it will age quite well, if one has patience. Of course I don't have any, so in all likelihood I'll never know. Regardless, even young this is an exceptional beer. Good stuff.

4/21/10. Was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the 2009 version from Matt at Capone's. Needless to say, it cost a bit more then the 2008 version I was able to get from ccrida/adam, but it was so damn tasty, I didn't mind the extra freight. My impression is that the bourbon barrel aging is considerably more intense and impressive in the 2009 version, with the beer coming across as richer and more intensely flavored. There's more cherry as well, and really, just more of everything. Incredibly yummy stuff. I have adjusted my score (upward) accordingly. This is an awesome beer.

5/16/11. Was fortunate enough to sample the 2011 at the tasting room, and then later back home in Owings Mills. Was told the abv. in this excellent beer is now up around 13%, and frankly it shows. Still, this beer has so much flavor (just an incredibly intense flavor of chocolate and cherry), the alcohol is still very much in the background. I should add that the 2011 version is completely still (no appreciable carbonation), which in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this beer. Fantastic stuff...

Photo of sfoley333
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bespin15

Poured from 12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a dark murky opaque brown with purplish red hue with little head. Smell is a whiff of red wine similar to syrah with spicy red fruits mixed with darkfruits and hint of spice from the oak. Taste is still sweetness of heavy malt and carmel chocolate coffee, followed by the cherry's sweet semi tart flavor intermixed with vanilla oak and portish sherry flavors. Alcohol while well hidden is still apparent in a port like presences. I like the low carbonation on the beer at times but believe that a slighty increased CO2 level would of increased both mouthfeel and drinkability. However this is minor to how stellar this beer is and I think that it should age nicely.

Photo of mikecharley
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Track1646 for the heads up on this beer.

The pour is dead as dead can be, no carbonation, save a few bubbles on the edges.

The Appearance of this brew is as deep a red as you can imagine. This beer has nice legs when swirled.

Smell- Red wine, oaky as hell, some cherry and vanilla in the background.

Taste- Like chewing on some oak. Has a subtle dry red wine flavor, with some cherry in the background, just like the aroma suggests.

D- Could down these all night, if they werent 10%.

Love this beer...

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 11/25/2008:
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a deep red tint to it. The beer has a very small head and there is little retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, especially cherries, and bourbon. The taste is predominately tart cherries, with some bitterness to it. There is some bourbon flavor and minimal chocolate. Cherry Adam From the Wood is boozy but it works well with the other flavors. I think this beer will only improve with age and I can't wait to try it again in the future.

Drank on 08/13/2009:
Pours with a larger head this time, with better retention. The flavors have blended together nicely over the nearly nine months since I last had this. Chocolate notes have come out and they blend very nicely with the bourbon and cherries. Notes of vanilla and a prominent smokiness have become apparent as well. The booze has died down a bit without losing any of the nice bourbon and cherry notes. The carbonation has increased slightly, providing a fuller mouthfeel which is decidedly chalky at times. This is coming along nicely.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no head just bubbles. Aroma of bourbon initially followed by chocolate and sweet cherries. Flavor is also initially bourbony and quite warming. Later, some sourness/tartness that seems to come from the cherries and woody notes make their appearances. The bourbon is a bit on the strong side and does overpower the other flavors of the beer. I wish that the cherry flavor was more prominent. An interesting experiment, but bourbon-barrel aging doesn't improve everything.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
3.4/5

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The time has finally come. The HOTD Dock sale has come and past. Cherry Adam of the wood has arrived!! I've been waiting for this one...

Pours out an amazing black with a thin mocha colored head that has since faded away. Slight lacing around the edges. There isn't any light that shines through when held up to the light.

The aroma from this seems to me like sweet dates or figs with a "hint" of chocolate

The taste of this one just BAM! hits you. raisins and figs and a sweet after taste which i think is from the cherries and a touch of alcohol. A complex flavor that hits you quick.

The carbonation is light and leads for a medium body with a lingering aftertaste that makes you want more. It warms the chest and the belly.

I enjoyed sipping on this one for quite some time and i look forward to the next one. I'll probably keep a few in the cellar for a long time from now, maybe the next HOTD release party.

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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